Lectionary -- First Sunday in Lent Year C

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Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Offering the first fruits to the Lord
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 ... you have made the Lord your refuge
Romans 10:8-13 If you confess Jesus is Lord and believe God raised him
Luke 4:1-13 Jesus is tempted in the wilderness

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Lent 1, Yr.C
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
As a chalice, cast of gold 476
E At the name of Jesus 231 170
G By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered 617 15
G Come, O Fount of every blessing 162
G Fairest Lord Jesus 203 131
s Father of heaven, whose love profound 131 60
O For the fruits of all creation 168 37
G Forty days and forty nights 591 506
O God is love, let heaven adore him 153 93
O Guide me O thou great Redeemer 569 478
Ps He who dwells in the shadow 96
G How firm a foundation, you people of God 578 491
E How sweet the name of Jesus sounds 223 158
Ps I bind unto myself today 478 454
E I'm not ashamed to own my Lord 562 470
E In Christ there is no east or west 459 391
Ps Jesus lover of my soul 211 139
E Jesus, the very thought of thee 126
G Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us 580 492
E Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts 499 420
O Now thank we all our God 106 14
G O God of Bethel by whose hand 564 49
s O Jesus, I have promised 595 514
E O Jesus, King most wonderful 125
G O love how deep, how broad, how high 194 6
O Love that wilt not let me go 602 525
E O Spirit of the living God 405 318
E Peace with the Father, peace with Christ the Son 466 402
E Rejoice the Lord is king 216 147
Ps Safe in the shadow of the Lord 644 74
G Seek ye first the kingdom of God 745 75
O The God of Abraham praise 125 53
E To the name of our salvation 127
s What a friend we have in Jesus 590 165
G When he was baptized in Jordan 252 91
G Why should cross and trial grieve me 461
Ps You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord 48
O Your hand, O God, has guided 456 389

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia. TIS = Together in Song)
8 (TIS 103) A mighty stronghold is a our God
129 (TIS 201) King of glory, king of peace
321 (TIS 408) O breath of God, breath on us now
477 (TIS 525) God of all power and truth and grace
511 (TIS 594) Fight the good fight with all thy might
552 (TIS 619) Have faith in God my heart

Sermon summary (Click here for Complete Sermon )


Jesus was tempted in all ways as we are, yet he was without sin. He deliberately chose to live our common life and thus exposed himself to our weaknesses. [Phil 2:4-8]. Yet it was the very idea that he was the Son of God that exposed him seriously to temptation, for it was after he was so acknowledged at his baptism that the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. -- Mark 1:12-13. It is important that he went to his test filled with the Holy Spirit [Luke 4:1]. His forty days was like those of Moses [Exodus 34:28] and Elijah [1 Kings 19:8], and became the model for Lent, but his struggle was unique.

If you are the Son of God

The devil begins: If you are the son of God ....[Luke 4:3,9]. What was he to do with the powers he possessed? Was he to prove himself? Could he provide bread (like manna in the wilderness, Deut 8:3); should he test God to look after him (as promised to the Messiah in Psalm 91:11-12)? It was part of the old law not to test God [Deut. 6:16]. It was something the people of Israel had learned in the desert [Psalm 95:8-11]. It is an affront to the love of God to put him to the test. Even in ordinary human relationships, to put your loved one's love to the test is already an act of betrayal. It is a breach of a relationship of trust.

A question of allegiance

It comes down a question of loyalty to God and of trust in him. Whose side are you on? So the power of evil is represented as an adversary: [Zechariah 3:1; Psalms 109:6]. In later Judaism `Satan is the one who seeks to destroy the relation between God and men, especially between God and Israel'. That is exactly the same for us. It is a question of relationships, of love and loyalty. So the devil revealed his true character when he put the challenge directly to Jesus: Chose my side, give your allegiance to me, [Luke 4:5-7]. There you have it: If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours. Jesus, in the power of the Spirit, kept to the faith, trusting in God alone [Luke 4:8 from Deut 6:13], and so he won the first battle in a contest which goes on in our lives and the in the world around us. Temptation is more a matter of conflict for allegiance God or to evil than it is enticement. As Jesus is on our side we too are able to win. [Ephes. 3:20-21]

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Order of Service -- First Sunday in Lent Year C

The Gathering of the People of God

"The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart"  -- Romans 10:8 [Deut. 30:14]
Let us come near to God in the name of the Word made flesh, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ
...because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -- Romans 10:9

HYMN 477 God of all power and truth and grace


As Jesus was driven in to the wilderness in the power of the Holy Spirit, so we pray that we too might be led to contemplate your will in the same Spirit. For the work of the Spirit in creation which we enjoy, we praise you; for the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ by which we are saved, we worship you; for your raising him from death to give us hope of eternal life, we give you the glory; for the fellowship of believers in the church universal, we thank you; and for the same guidance of the Spirit today as Christ received in the wilderness, we look to you in adoration and confidence as we make our confession.

Merciful God, our Maker and our Judge,
We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed:
We have not loved you with our whole heart,
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves;
We repent, and are sorry for all our sins.
Father, forgive us.
Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ.  --  2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: Gloria in excelsis.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God's people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: [A word to the children]
OLD TESTAMENT Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Offering the firstfruits to the Lord
PSALM 91:1-2, 9-16 ... you have made the Lord your refuge
EPISTLE Romans 10:8-13 If you confess Jesus is Lord and believe God raised him
GOSPEL Luke 4:1-13 Jesus is tempted in the wilderness

HYMN 129 King of glory, king of peace



We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations and requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.
For all people in their daily life and work;
for our families, friends and neighbours, and for those who are alone.
For this community, our country, and the world;
for all who work for justice, freedom and peace.
For the just and proper use of your creation;
for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice and oppression.
For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
for those who minister to the sick, the friendless and the needy.
For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
for all who proclaim the gospel, and for all seek the truth.
For the Uniting Church in Australia, ... , president of the Assembly,
for .... our moderator and all who hold office in this congregation and presbytery.
for all who serve God in the church.
For our own needs, and for others for whom you have called us to pray. [Silence]
Hear us, Lord, for your mercy is great.
We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of life. [Silence]

We exalt you, O God our king; and praise your name for ever and ever.
We give thanks for all those who have died in the peace of Christ, and for the promise of your eternal kingdom. [Silence]
In Christ you have called us to eternal glory;
to you be praise for ever and ever. Amen.

Almighty God,
you know that we have no power in ourselves
to help ourselves.
Keep us both outwardly in our bodies
and inwardly in our souls,
that we may be defended from all adversities
which may happen to the body,
and from all evil thoughts
which may assault and hurt the soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Lord's Supper

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

HYMN 321 O breath of God, breath on us now

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Thanks and praise ..... in the eternal hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

We thank you ....
[The great prayer of thanksgiving continues, recalling God's goodness in caring for his people, the life and saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ, how he commanded his disciples to remember him with the bread and the wine, and we pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit on us and what we do.]


Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN Guide me, O thou great Redeemer TIS 569  AHB 478
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord: In the name of Christ. Amen.

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